I first tried this rubber on a Donic Ovtcharov Dotec off blade, FH only, really liked it and now have it on an Acoustic and Acoustic Inner BH & FH!!! I really like how Rakza Z (RZ) plays and feels, I’m using it with the 2.0mm sponge. I believe the sponge hardness is around 50 degrees give or take!! Yasaka give a fairly broad rating for their sponges, rather than a precise one. Hybrid Energy ‘Power Sponge’’Top sheet is fairly tacky, a little more than D09C, less than H3 / H3 Neo. Like D09C some tackiness is lost after a week or so, when cleaned the tackiness returns for a short while. The surface picks up dust easily and needs regular cleaning during play.When new the bounce test produces a fairly ‘dead’ bounce, but after a week or so the bounce becomes more like a controlled spring sponge.For example H3 3-4 bounces, RZ 4-7, T05/19 loads!!! Top sheet is softer than D09C H3 etc I think that the softness helps to engage the sponge, I can really feel the ball sink in when playing harder strokes, this gives me confidence that I am applying good / high spin levels to my top spins and loops.RZ has a high throw angle, personally I don’t mind this, but some may feel it’s too high. The arc is high but the spin really pulls the ball back onto the table.When looping and activating the sponge the speed picks up well, it’s plenty fast enough. Faster than I was initially expecting.Spin levels are high, up there with maybe a tad better than D09C and not far behind H3 / H3 Neo, but its easier to get the best out of this rubber compared to the H3’sShort game is good, easy to control, not to much bounce from the sponge when pushing. A little ‘muted’ compared to harder top sheets.Blocking is good, drives and flatter hits easier than H3’s not as crisp as D09C, but I’ve played some really great counter top spins shots with RZ when you catch it the ball is really propelled quickly past your opponent ‘Power sponge’ mode!!!Chops can be played, but the high arc and softer feel is not really suited to chopping style.Topspin v backspin - the high arc and great grip makes it easier to play against backspin, good technique is still needed!!serve flick return on BH, very good, something I’ve been working on recently, good speed, spin and control.Serving is very good, loads of spin, and I find it relatively easy to be able to control the amount of spin imparted which gives really good variation.The soft feeling adds control and some forgiveness, I have confidence with RZ in all areas and that’s a big plus!!Overall this is the best hybrid rubber I’ve used (so far!!!!) it has it all in high levels but not necessarily the best of any!!!! Easy to play with..[Tau 2 is on it’s way to me, on a ‘slow boat from China’ another rubber I would like to try is Xiom Omega China Ying / Guang].RZ would be an excellent starting point for players that are considering moving from ESN/Spring sponges and grippy top sheets to the tacky Chinese rubbers.